Sintra is a lovely town that lies 30km north of Lisbon and is perfect for a day trip if you stay in the Portuguese capital, because it just takes 40 minutes by train to get there. You can explore gardens, large forests, mysterious castles, iconic palaces and old ruins. Here are my 4 favorite sights that you shouldn’t miss:
Pena National Palace
The palace that was built in the 19th century is one of Sintra’s most visited attraction. It was a favorite retreat of the Portuguese royal family. It is surrounded by a beautiful 200 hectare park and is a mix of Neo-Gothic, Islamic, Neo-Manueline and Neo-Renaissance styles.
National Palace of Sintra
In the centre of the historic town you will find the national palace with its two enormous white chimneys. It is the best-preserved medieval royal palace in Portugal. Don’t forget to visit the impressive Coats of Arms room, the hall of Swans and the kitchens.
Quinta da Regaleira Palace
This World Heritage Site consists of a romantic palace, a chapel and a luxurious park with fountains, lakes and grottoes. With five floors and a series of hallways it is a perfect representation of a mix of Roman, Gothic, Renaissance and Manueline style.
Castle of the Moors
This medieval castle which was built during the 8th and 9th centuries is perched on top of the Sintra mountains from where you have a great view over the the whole area. Walk along the walls and admire the beautiful landscapes that surrounds you.